Bellringers Everywhere!

Today’s post features some of the hundreds of Virginia Bluebell wildflowers I came across during my recent woodland hike, near my rural Missouri home: I always look forward to my spring woodland hikes, where the woodland floor often appears to be blue in color, due to the abundant Virginia Bluebells. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D […]

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The Beauty of Spring

A couple of days ago, I wandered the woodland area of my neighbor’s rural land, looking for spring wildflowers. A great outing and many species of wildflowers were observed during this hike. In today’s post, I’m featuring a couple of images of one of our earliest woodland wildflowers, the Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica). The Spring […]

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Bell Ringing Time!

Today’s post features the first clump of Virginia Bluebells that I found this morning on my rural Missouri landscape: The bells are not fully opened yet, but that will happen very quickly.  Headed out shortly to see what other spring woodland wildflowers are smiling at me! Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 body Canon […]

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Symbols of Spring

Today’s post features some of the early spring bulb flowers that are now telling me it’s spring time in Missouri! These images were captured over the past couple of days in my rural Missouri landscape: Over the next few days, I expect to go looking for woodland wildflowers, which should be starting to bloom. Photographic […]

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Time for Bluebells to Ring

Today’s post contains some macro images that I captured on my rural Missouri property on Wednesday. Virginia Bluebell wildflowers are one of the first wildflowers to appear in my woodlands. After a long, cold winter, these little babies are about ready to pop! Here are some of my favorite images: When the rains end, I […]

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2018 Highlights – June

June was a month devoted to working in my rural Missouri butterfly garden, and photographing a very small, White-tailed Deer fawn with momma, that visited my front yard regularly: Black Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar: Indian Pink wildflowers in my Hummingbird Garden: July turned out to be an interesting photographic month … I’ll post some of my […]

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2018 Highlights – May

As I continue through my 2018 journey highlights, May’s dominant theme was wildflowers and warblers, both becoming quite common in this late spring month. My adventures included visiting three new prairies and one new Missouri Conservation Area, and of course, my “regular” nearby kayak locations: Prairie Larkspur: Indian Paintbrush: Ox-Eye Daisies: Common Yellowthroat Warbler: Woodland […]

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Fun Friday: Changes in My Nursery

As I mentioned in a post last week, I have collected several Black Swallowtail butterfly eggs and caterpillars. They are housed in a mesh, indoors “nursery” in my rural Missouri home. I had been waiting for the caterpillar to begin making it’s chrysalis. Well, I went to bed on Tuesday night and the caterpillar was […]

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Fun Friday: No Longer an “Empty Nester”

About a week ago, as I was walking past my rural Missouri butterfly garden, I noticed a Black Swallowtail that was busy laying eggs on a parsley plant (host plant for these beautiful butterflies). Yesterday, I closely inspected the plant to see if I could find the eggs … voila, I found about a dozen […]

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Pipevine Swallowtail Cats

Today’s post features a couple of images from my recent visit to a wonderful, private butterfly garden near Paola, Kansas. The Pipevine Swallowtails were very busy around several Dutchman’s Pipevine plants that grow here. Here are a couple of favorite images: A small Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar that we found on a Dutchman’s Pipevine leaf: Here […]

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